St. Joseph the Worker Church 2019
Christmas Mass Schedule:
- 4:00pm Christmas Vigil Mass
- 6:00pm Familiar carols & special music before our 7:00pm Christmas Evening Mass
- 7:00pm Christmas Evening Mass
- 10:00am Christmas Day Mass
Important Note regarding Spanish Mass:
Unfortunately due to the unavailability of a Spanish speaking priest, deacon or choir this Christmas, we will not be offering our usual St. Joseph the Worker 11:30am Spanish Mass this Christmas.
However there will be a 12:15pm Christmas Mass in Spanish at St. Ambrose Church just a 5 minute drive from St. Joseph the Worker Church. St. Ambrose Church is located at 1145 Gilman Street, Berkeley.
Mass for the Solemnity of Mary,
The Holy Mother of God
(Holy Day of Obligation this year)
Wednesday, January 1, 2019 10:00am
(There will not be a 12:15pm Mass on this day.)
Second Sunday of Advent
On this Second Sunday of Advent, our second reading from St. Paul's letter to the Romans encourages us to focus our Advent preparations in this way: "Welcome one another, then, as Christ welcomed you, for the glory of God." And how does Christ welcome us? With unconditional love.
This is the essence of Christian hospitality, a vital aspect of stewardship living. Fully embraced, it has the power to transform our lives and the lives of those who experience it through us.
The practice of Christian hospitality is also a way for us stewards to answer the call of John the Baptist, in our Gospel passage from Matthew. His words apply just as much to us today as they did to the people awaiting the Savior's arrival. John says, "Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand!" And he recalls the words of the prophet Isaiah, "Prepare the way of the Lord, make straight his paths." There is a definite connection between repentance and effective hospitality.
How can we make repentance a regular part of our everyday lives? We can make an "examination of conscience" a daily part of our prayers, thanking God for the times we said "yes" to Him, and asking forgiveness for the times we chose our own will. We can, and should, go to Confession this Advent. We can reach out to a family member or friend where there is distance or discord and make peace.
As we "straighten the paths" of our own hearts and minds, we become more hospitable people, better stewards of God's grace and mercy, far more open and ready to invite others into our lives, homes, and parish. This is preparation fitting for our merciful Savior.
PROTECTOR OF THE UNIVERSAL CHURCH
PRAYER TO ST. JOSEPH IN TRIALS OF THE CHURCH
"To you, O Blessed Joseph, we come in our trials, and having asked the help of your most holy Spouse, we confidently ask your patronage also.
Through the Sacred bond of charity which united you to the Immaculate Virgin Mother of God and through the fatherly love with which you embraced the Child Jesus, we humbly beg you to look graciously upon the beloved inheritance which Jesus Christ purchased by His blood, and to aid us in our necessities with your power and strength.
O most provident guardian of the Holy Family, defend the chosen children of Jesus Christ. Most beloved Father, dispel the evil of falsehood and sin.
Our most mighty protector, graciously assist us from heaven in our struggle with the powers of darkness. And just as once you saved the Child Jesus from mortal danger, so now defend God's Holy Church from the snares of her enemies and from all adversity.
Shield each one of us by your constant protection, so that, supported by your example and your help, we may be able to live a virtuous life, to die a holy death, and to obtain eternal happiness in heaven. Amen."
Legion of Mary Invites you to pray the rosary.
You are welcome to join us on Sundays.
We pray the Rosary every Sunday after the 8:00 am Mass in English and after the 11:30 am Mass in Spanish.
If you are not able to pray with us perhaps you can send us your prayer intentions. Send to: firstname.lastname@example.org. We will gladly include them in our prayers.